8 MT PM  FRI  AUG 28, 2020

photo by Walter Wlodarczyk

PONCILI CREACIÓN is a task force that focuses around the creation of interactive performances and interactive sculptures. They craft objects to be manipulated by the human body or parts of it, some as small as a coin others as large as cars, are tools for creating whimsical power that stains reality. Their practice is based on the field of deconstructed puppetry, waving their colorful objects at reality as an invitation for the others to join. They have interacted internationally in places like France, Taiwan, Canada, Mexico, Dominican Republic and China. 

Exoskeleton based performance
an interaction between puppetry and technology 
Soft sculpture bodies embedded with technological artifacts perform a poem just for you.

“Founded in 2012 by twin brothers Pablo and Efrain Del Hierro, Puerto Rican experimental puppetry troupe Poncili Creación fuses a DIY punk aesthetic with traditional folk motifs and a boisterous exuberance to create their own brand of  “performative sculpture,” as they call it. The tirelessly touring Del Hierro brothers craft their costumes primarily from polyurethane foam, which they find in whatever city they happen to be in, tearing into discarded couches or mattresses and ripping out the “meat” inside. From this raw material they create bold, playful, brightly colored masks, headpieces, or full-body outfits that they bring alive in spirited performances, often accompanied by noise soundtracks. (They were welcomed early on by Miami’s noise music scene, the brothers told Art Papers recently.) They often end performances by ripping apart their costumes and distributing the pieces to the crowd — a kind of irreverent, inclusive eucharist. The group’s name, derived from the term poncilidad, which they define as “chaotic tranquility,” reflects the mix of rigor and improvisation that characterizes their live sets. Traditional black box theater this ain’t.”

-Matt Stromberg for HYPERALLERGIC